Daughtry Bayou

Erosion Control in Daughtry Bayou

Living shoreline projects in Cedar Key are helping address coastal erosion and increase community resilience. Read on to learn more about these projects and how you can get involved!

Recent Projects

G Street

The City of Cedar Key received funding from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to commission a study of possible improvements to G Street that could mitigate erosion and improve the beach.

Airport Rd.

The University of Florida formed a project team to discuss the issue of erosion along and damage of Airport Rd.


Hurricane Hermine

Sep 1, 2016

The first hurricane to make landfall in Florida in over 10 years hits Florida’s northern Gulf of Mexico coast and slams Cedar Key with almost 10 ft of storm surge. Docks, buildings, and roads were damaged and several sections of shoreline eroded overnight.

Community Meeting

Sep 19, 2016

UF called a meeting for the community to discuss erosion and decide if they wanted to move forward with more discussion. Overwhelmingly, attendees at that meeting felt more discussion was needed. 

Grant Proposal and Funding

Sep 30, 2016

Drs. Mark Clark, Savanna Barry, Christine Angelini, and Scott Wasman partnered with the Suwannee River Water Management District to apply for funding for stakeholder workshops and pilot research. The grant titled “Investigating Implementation Techniques, Benefits and Stakeholder Preference of “Living Shorelines” as a means to Stabilize and Ecologically Enhance the Coastline around Daughtry Bayou – Cedar Key, Florida” was selected for funding by the Florida Coastal Management Program.

Stakeholder Visioning Workshop

Mar 3, 2017

Stakeholders (homeowners, county and city officials, and Cedar Key residents) participated in a Visioning Workshop facilitated by the Natural Resources Leadership Institute.

The goal of the workshop was to introduce property owners to various concepts regarding erosion in Cedar Key’s Daughtry Bayou, including the history of erosion, impacts of erosion, and potential ways to mitigate erosion.

During the Visioning Workshop, attendees:

  • Discussed erosion history in the area and preferences for shoreline uses
  • Learned more about and compared various options for erosion control
  • Narrowed down a range of acceptable project types that promised to preserve the shoreline at G Street and Airport Rd. locations, according to preferred uses.

Read the workshop summary

Design Workshops

Oct 27, 2017

Feedback from the Visioning Workshop was incorporated into several draft erosion control project designs. The project team presented these draft designs to stakeholder groups from G Street and Airport Rd. in Oct/Nov 2017. Click on the circles below to view the workshop materials and follow the progress of each project area.

Wrap-up of Formal Workshop Series

Mar 29, 2018

The final workshop in the formal series focused on customizing project designs and defining how the project team will interact with stakeholders going forward.

Workshop Summary

Next Steps

Apr 26, 2018

Project team obtained several grants that are funding for permits and living shoreline implementation to make these projects, planned with stakeholder input, a reality.

Key Dates:

Apr-Dec 2018: DEP Resilience Planning grant, EPA Gulf of Mexico Program grant, and FWC State Wildlife Grant awarded

Jan 2019: Stakeholder update meeting

May 2019: Stakeholder update meeting

Jun 2019: Permit applications submitted

Fall 2019-Winter 2020: Permits approved

Feb 2020: Pre-construction meeting

Project Construction

Spring 2020

The G Street and Airport Rd. living shorelines were built starting in Spring 2020. Explore these projects more using the links at the top of this page.